Miguel Tejada is returning to the Baltimore Orioles this season after the team signed the shortstop to a one-year deal, pending a physical, worth $6 million, according to The Canadian Press
. However, the infielder will play third base during the 2010 season after the organization declined to re-sign Melvin Mora.
Originally, Tejada was dealt to the Houston Astros in 2007 for five players but is now returning to the Orioles and half the salary he earned with the Astros in 2009; $14 million.
“I’ve reached a deal for one season and $6 million. I know it’s less than what I made last year, but the market has changed and I feel happy to be able to play in the major leagues. I’ll play in third base, which means a change in my career,” he said. “It’s like the beginning of a new career, but I’ll continue doing my same workout routine to be able continue my career,” Tejada said, reports the Associated Press
According to the Baltimore Sun
, the team’s ballplayers are quite content of bringing back Tejada because he could still be a force to reckon with, such as second baseman Brian Roberts who said, “Why wouldn't you want a guy who potentially can give you 200 hits and 100 RBIs?" Outfielder Nick Markakis later concurred with Roberts.
The 35-year-old veteran hit .313 with 14 home runs and 86 RBIs with the Astros last season after becoming a free agent when Houston declined to offer him arbitration in December.
Tejada has a career
batting average of .289 with 285 home runs and 1,185 RBIs. Since entering the big leagues in 1997, Tejada has played with the Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles and the Houston Astros.